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Volklec to manufacture electric vehicle batteries in Warwickshire 

Volklec, a new UK manufacturing business making batteries for electric vehicles, has launched at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in Baginton to manufacture sustainable batteries for on-road, off-highway and track vehicles. 


Hansgrohe’s New UK HQ Officially Opens its Doors 

Hansgrohe, the leading manufacturer in the bathroom industry, has recently officially unveiled its new Warwick-based UK headquarters to key stakeholders and customers. The HQ move is part of an overall £5m investment and a key landmark in the company’s strategic growth plans. The new head office provides 40,000 sq. ft of capacity, more than doubling the size of Hansgrohe’s previous UK HQ footprint in Surrey. 


Sertec Group wins prestigious national manufacturing award 

Sertec Group, which employs more than 1,200 people across six international locations including Coleshill, has been named the Confederation of British Metalforming’s (CBM) 2024 Company of the Year, with its employee engagement and improvement strategy proving particularly impressive to the judging team.    


Warwickshire's aerospace manufacturer ANT Industries celebrates record growth 

Precision engineering firm ANT Industries is celebrating a year of unprecedented growth, announcing orders in excess of £30m won over the next 3 years. The firm, headquartered in Atherstone, Warwickshire, specialises in the manufacturing of components for aerospace and gas turbine engines, 


Auto Fasteners takes another three units in Southam 

A leading global supplier of fasteners and metal engineered components to the automotive has taken 15,000 sq ft of extra space at the new Sucham Park development in Southam.  

They’ll provide warehouse, assembly, quality inspection and office space for the business, which supplies parts to Volvo Group, Scania, Daimler Group, Ford, Stellantis, VW Group, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. 


King’s Award winner Arrowsmith secures multimillion-pound contracts 

Arrowsmith Engineering, the Exhall-based manufacturer of precision aerospace components, has secured a string of new multimillion-pound contracts. They come just days after the firm was announced to have won a King’s Award for Enterprise in the international trade category. 


LoudLocal Moves into Leamington Spa Creative Quarter 

A digital marketing agency previously based in Kenilworth is moving to Leamington Creative Quarter. LoudLocal is relocating to a larger space in Leamington Spa’s Spencer Yard to house its growing team of digital creatives. 


Tevva prepares to call in administrators while seeking rescue deal 

British electric truck manufacturer Tevva has confirmed that it’s preparing to call in administrators while seeking a rescue deal. The Essex-based business has a base at MIRA Technology Park where it tests and develops vehicles. 


techUK and TechWM sign strategic agreement to accelerate region's digital economy 

techUK, the technology trade association, has signed an agreement to work more closely with TechWM. By formalising their partnership, techUK and TechWM will together raise the profile of the West Midlands' tech sector while trying to raise funding, improve skills and encourage companies to adopt digital technologies to improve productivity. 


UK needs quarter of a million extra construction workers by 2028 

More than a quarter of a million extra construction workers are needed in the UK over the next five years to meet demand. The latest annual Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) construction skills network (CSN) report lays bare the persistent gap between what the UK needs and the workforce available. 


New chair for North Warks chamber is familiar face 

The new chair of a business group that serves the north of Warwickshire has vowed to showcase the region’s strengths at every opportunity. Sarah Windrum, the future mobility cluster lead at HORIBA MIRA is the new chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s North Warwickshire Local Business Forum. 


Warwickshire College Group appoints new chief executive 

The WCG group of colleges in Warwickshire and Worcestershire with with more than 10,000 students has appointed a new chief executive. The group is made up of six colleges in the two counties, offering courses across engineering, horticulture and land-based specialities. It is also the largest college provider of apprenticeship training in Coventry and Warwickshire, with up to 1,700 apprentices. 


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